Kriek De Ranke | Brouwerij De Ranke

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Kriek De RankeKriek De Ranke

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Brouwerij De Ranke

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Based on an extinct yet favorite tipple of the De Ranke owners, Nino Bacelle and Guido Devos, De Ranke Kriek emulates the famed Oud Kriekenbier from the defunct Crombé brewery in Zottegem. De Ranke Kriek is a mixture of two blended soured pale ales and Girardin lambic, all steeped in whole fresh cherries from Poland and then aged for six months. A unique and much sought after Kriekenbier.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. When I popped the top I was temporarily horrified. It had a ring of green puss with grey and red in the center. Wine drinkers would be horrified. But Wild Ales drinkers rejoice! There's funk in that bottle!

Pours a cloudy ruby body with a short lived fizzy pink head.

Aromas of tart cherry, raspberries, fruit driven, but with notes of balsamic vinegar the sourness is not lacking. My mouth is watering with anticipation. With my second glass, a warmer bottle revealed strong notes of dirty gym socks. The second half is much funkier than the first.

Yes! The whole, fresh, Polish cherries lend a hint of sweetness before quickly turning sour. Red wine vinegar takes over mid palate with a burst of acidity. The finish is sour pink grapefruit. Oak mellows and rounds the intensity, but this a very acidic beer. Not mouth puckering, but close. Newbies beware.

Crisp carbonation, medium body, seems to suit the beer very well.

If only more Lindemans Kriek drinkers could appreciate beer like this. Best kriek I have tasted. Better than drie fonteinen oude kriek, cantillon kriek or boon kriek. I have not tried Schaerbeekse Kriek, but I'm guessing this one is close. An honor to enjoy. Worldclass stuff.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Best before 04 2013. Poured into a tulip glass an opaque reddish color with a slight collared pinkish head. The aroma has a nice semi-sweet cherry along with some funk. The taste is nice and sour with a nice sweet cherry balance. Light mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Not extremely sour but sour enough to garner a slight pucker. Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with a tight head. The aroma is barnyard and fresh cherries presenting a pleasant tartness and a nice sourness. There is also this really beautiful floral note in there as well. The flavor has tons of fresh cherry tartness along with a big sour character and a mild bit of vinegar. The finish is a tad salty but somehow that works. The mouth feel is sprizy and almost champagne like at times.

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Photo of samie85
3.44/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 11/19/10.

A-Pours a strawberry color with a one finger, pinkish head.

S-Really sour, tart smelling with some funk and a bit of lemon.

T-A lot of sour, tart, lactic cherries with some lemon, the slightest hint of sweetness, and some leather.

M-Light bodied with medium to heavy carbonation.

D-One of the more sour, one dimensional fruit lambics I've had.

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Photo of beerhan
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle with no markings on it, just a paper sleeve. Bottled in December 2005. Poured into a snifter with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly but carbonation is still very present after five years. Comes out a lovely grapefruit color with such strong cherry notes. Tastes very tart and fruity. Mostly cherry but it has a lot of geuzzyness to it that really stands out. Feels great in the mouth but still makes your eyes cringe a little. Incredibly drinkable. I need more.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to popping this one open. The plain bottle conceals a sparkling red beer with present but minimal foam.

It smelled like sour funky cherries immediately upon opening. Has the smell of a beer with intense lacto sourness, and a bit of sweat and a little horse shit too. Even somewhat perfumey as it warms. Very nice.

Oh yeah, high sourness on this one, it approaches Cantillon's 100% Kriek with pucker-ocity. Explodes in your mouth like a Warhead. Sweetness at or near zero. Sour cherry upfront, hints of sweat and leather at the back end.

While it doesn't give the appearance of being tremendously carbonated, there is plenty enough of it, and the carbonation present is on par with that of the best lambics.

Kriek de Ranke is no beginner sour. This is intense and tasty. Right up there with the highly coveted Cantillons and Drie Fonteinens, nearly as good as Kriek gets.

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Photo of Kaldak
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Lambic's. I love how the paper reveals a plain bottle so you can pretend you are trolling 16th century Europe.

It helps that the beer is very well done, with a great sour taste and the sweetness is subtle without overwhelming. The color is a nice burgundy and I prefer it in a tulip.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 75cl (750ml) bottle at De Bierkoning and poured it into a Geuze Boon branded glass. Bottled on - April 2008.

Printed on the wrapper around the bottle: Unfiltered & Unpasturized - On base of old Flemish beer, Lambic and sour cherries - Ingredients: barley malt, wheat, hops, sour cherries, sugar, yeast and water.

A: Pours an amazing light cherry red hue with almost a brownish tint to it, big bubbles that cling in clusters along the inside of the glass and surprisingly no head and no lace.

S: Sweet and funky wood with strong sour fruit aromas (obviously from the cherries).

T: Similar to the smell but the sour funk is even stronger (old books and leather), with a dry woody sweetness that is absolutely amazing - really surprised with how pronounce the cherries are without having any sweetness, but at the same time, not tasting unripened or bitter. The cherries somehow dominate while still remaining perfectly balanced - A+

M: Extremely dry and smooth (like a quality champagne), light bodied with small vigorous bubbles that roll across the palate perfectly.

D: In my 21 years of drinking beer, this is the easiest drinking, most pleasant Lambic I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.

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Photo of kkipple
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Prototypic for sending me this months and months ago, finally got 'round to cracking it with friends in the first cool days of Autumn. The 750ml bottle reads 04 - 2013, which would make this a 2008 vintage. The bottle fill is absurdly high - delightful!

A. After removing the classy white wrapper, the beer is cracked and poured from a heavy dark green bottle into my dependable little Tripel Karmeliet glass. The beer is a very attractive and regal blood-orange red, clear with a tiny head, and with bubbles that stick to the glass beneath the surface. Easily as pretty as they get.

S. Hmm... Tart! A sharp tart-funk up front (but more tart than funk) is a real eye-opener, and this is before the delicious, bold cherry-sweetness hits. Rich and clean, this is quite engaging, and with only hints of oak and a slight metallic tinge, the real star is the lush sour fruit. Nothing wrong here.

T. Quite tart - sour lactic - but not too intense or overbearing. Lemon, some reserved funk, and clean. After the initial shock, the waves of rich cherry flavor flood in and stick around long into the mouth-puckering finish. The flavor fills the mouth and is very, very good. The Girardin here is evident. Nothing ground-breaking here, simply a classic Kriek and one that can stand up to anything from Cantillion or Drie Fonteinen.

M / D. Fine carbonation, really quite perfect, and a long, dried out cherry-tart finish that fades out with panache.

Kriek De Ranke is really about as good as I've had for the style; a wonderful blend that avoids being too sour or too funky and gives up lots of red-cherry tart lovin' pretty much all night. Highly recommended for the sour-fruit beer lover.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly brightened pink cherry color with a white head that is ever so slightly tinted pink. Smell is dominated by cherries, but isn't quite as pungent as offerings from Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. Mild bit of funk, but nothing extraordinary at this point. Taste is again, loads of cherries, and is well integrated with the sourness and hints of earth. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, but certainly not overly so. Good sourness level with just a bit of acetic character. Drinkability is quite smooth. If this were easier to come by around here, it just might become a staple.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours apple-skin red with a half finger of light pink head.

The aroma is dusty/musty up front with a nice sour cherry backbone. Notes of pear, acetone, leather boots, and pool water. Nice.

The flavor is attic corner and apple skin up front. Lots of vinegar in the finish. The cherries aren't huge but they lend nicely to the finish. I also pick up some horse blanket and lipstick.

The body is medium, carbonation is a bit stingy, and this is dry as desert sand. I would describe it as more tart than sour, although there is definitely a distinct sourness on the back of the throat.

Overall this is a fine kriek. Perhaps not as subtle and delicate or as blisteringly sour and fruity as some of the top examples, but a fine beer that is worth the high purchase price for sure.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright red colour - very hazy, with pink-tinged white head. Lace is speckled, fairly thin. Yeah, looks odd, but not bad. I mean it's suitable for style. But it's odd, like the style.

Yeah, very sour nose, lots of cherry character, some cheese rind funk to it as well. Hints of red vinous notes, tart and acidic with a slight tomatoey note lingering at the back. Not bad.

Taste is very sour, fruity, with lots of tomatoey boldness to it coupled with mottled hints of cherry. The tart cherry juice character and bits of bitter cherry skin flavours come through on the mid, but that tomatoey aspect just won't leave my mind. Fairly refreshing, with nice fruity characters and a good hit of funk on the back. Crisp and tart. Pretty nice.

Has a good, firm body to it. Slightly puckering on the back though.

I'm not a big fan of the style, but if you're in the mood for a sour, cherry-flavoured beer this is one to look for.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome paper-covered presentation. A big 750ml bottle that opens with a bare hiss. It looks impressive before I've even laid eyes on it poured.

Once it's in my glass, it's a very pleasant ruby red coloured brew, with a fine-bubbled and surprisingly heavy head of pink foam. Body is very thick, leaving some static bubbling when swirled. Very dense for a kriek. I like it a lot. I'm not sure I've ever had such a heavy kriek lambic before.

Nose is classically lambic. Big sour tart notes, although there's not a huge amount of cherry here. Still, it's extremely stylistically true, and has some wonderfully fresh and fragrant characters.

Taste is much in the same vein. Great classic and sour characters, with a refreshingly dry back palate. Cherry is present throughout, but only giving a subtle twang to the lambic sourness, which reigns throughout. Finish is indeed very dry. Mouthfeel is crisp and tart, verging on puckering without going to that extreme.

This is a very nice beer, and one that has to be respected for the expertise which went into making it so drinkable. I've had some intense and almost undrinkable lambics, but this does a good job of balancing character and intensity with drinkability.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage, as the best by date is in 2008, and the paper wrapping claims, in Dutch, that the beer was brewed five years before this date, I think.

Pours a clear, pinkish amber with a small head that retains and laces pretty well for a Kriek.

The aroma is quite interesting and full of lightly fruity, musty and earthy notes, with a sort of mineral zing that I've never before experienced.

The flavor is quite tart, though very well-balanced and smooth. This is a sour beer, but with the age on this bottle, the flavors have mellowed and made for a Kriek-Lambic that is not overpowering or too puckering. There's sort of a non-descript fruity acidity, as most of the real cherry flavor has dissipated by this point, leaving behind a beer with almost no trace of sweetness. Bit of strawberry. Incredibly dry and acidic. I really like how this drinks, and the mouthfeel was light and somewhat spritzy, with superfine bubbles.

I know that a lot of people don't believe in aging Krieks, but I think this beer is outstanding with seven years on it. Could probably do ten, or more-- who knows?

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Photo of Xul
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright, translucent ruby with some pink highlights around the edges, capped by one finger of frothy, light pink head. Retention is poor as it dissipates almost immediately, leaving some scant lacing atop the beer.

S: Moderate lactic acidity up front with a strong cherry character, blending both sweet and sour fruit components. Some light musty funk hangs in the background but the cherries and acidity are dominant.

T: As with the nose, lactic acidity is up front but a combination of lemon zest and juice join it. Sour cherries come in strong on the mid-palate along with some faint pears, before some light sweet cherry character and barnyard funk come in late to provide some balance. Long finish of dark, musty cherries with a light lactic acidity on the edges.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, feels lively on the tongue without feeling over carbonated.

D: In spite of the solid lactic acidity, the sour aspect feels somewhat restrained and it goes down remarkably easy. No sign of the 7% ABV and has a refreshing feel.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a slightly hazed dark red color with a short lived light pink head.

S: A nice lactic bite on the nose along with some semi-sweet, semi-sour cherry aromas. Slightly musty and barnyard funk notes, but not all that powerful.

T: A really wonderful sour cherry flavor is present right away. The lactic acidity is really pleasant and provides a bit of a lemon flavor. The funk is again subtle, but provides a nice balance.

M: The body is medium with a plentiful carbonation that tingles the tongue quite nicely.

D: So pleasant, refreshing, and easy to drink. I'll take another one of these any day.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Bottled April 2008.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is unmistakably kriek, with notes of tart cherries and some oak. The flavor is tart cherries, oak, vanilla and some funk. The beer is very dry, very tart and very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml paper wrapped bottle with a best by date of 09/2012 (brewed in 07). corked and capped. the bottle itself is plain and labelless. drank from the goose island reserve series wine glass.

A- this one pours out a reddish pink colored body with a small white head that quickly fizzes away. no lacing left behind. just what i was expecting.

S- old musty funk comes through pretty sharply. it smells strongly of fresh cherries also. a little bit of vinegar to tell me that its sour.

T- the vinegar like sourness comes through stronger than i was expecting and takes me by surprise. as does the old musty cellar. funkier than most kreiks ive had. the cherry taste is still strong and quite fresh tasting.

M- light bodied and almost still. nicely sour without being overbearing. a dry finish.

D- not my favorite kreik but certainly drinkable. i probably wont drop $16 on another one anytime soon.

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Photo of imblane
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Sour cherries and funk with a distinct barnyard/goaty character that is rare for this style. No hop aroma or other off aromas.

Appearance - A cherry red cloudy color with a two finger off white head and moderate retention, appropriate for the style.

Flavor - Tart cherries dominate the palate with a barnyard funky taste that balances the tartness perfectly. No hop flavor, diacetyl or other off flavors noted. An oak/vanilla sweetness is at the forefront of the palate and then balances the sourness perfectly. World class!

Mouthfeel - Effervescent and well carbonated. A pleasant astringent pucker is apparent but not inappropriate for the style. In a word, delicious!

Overall Impression - A complex fruity, acidic, sour, funky example of the style that is very rare in a the modern day of sweet/fruity examples. World Class!!

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Photo of dbossman
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby red with a thin head that dissipates quickly; on par for the style but is still reminiscent of kool aide

S: Tart cherries; pungent alcohol aroma; a touch of earthy funky graininess; straw/barnyard funk

T: Pungent lemon cherry sourness up front that only gets more sour; actually quite refreshing; a touch of the grainy funk but mostly cherry and lemon tartness overwhelm

F: A bit thin but overall a very good mouth feel

D: Incredibly refreshing and drinkable; alcohol is well masked and the tartness works well

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Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #900 and the 9th out of the top 10 fruit lambics on this site I've reviewed thus far. Even though that list changes from time to time, the only one I'm currently missing is Selin's Grove Frambroise.

Beer served in a DFH snifter. Beer is red / pink and cloudy with a thin broken head of small pink bubbles that clings to the interface of the glass and the beer. Leaves some lacing. Carbonation overall seems a bit low but still there. Looks really good.

Oh my god this beer smells awesome. Its quite funky with this nice biting acidity and nice fruit flavors. There is nice cherry flavors in the aroma but also pears and some leather.

Beer is thin and quite sour and tart. AWESOME. Cherry flavors are subdued slightly. Mostly lactic and an acetic bite. Finishes cleanly. Some funk in the back but no bitterness. The tart is the primary thing to this beer. Its a little thin on the forward palate. I also wish I knew the vintage. I would definitely drink this again. Very very awesome.

EDIT: Beer says "Best by 09 / 2012" does that mean it was bottled in 2009?

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Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before end 09/2012.

750mL bottle, corked and capped, with a white paper wrapper. Unlike the Gouldenberg, there is no label on the bottle itself.

Served cool into my New Belgium goblet, Kriek De Ranke is a striking ruby red color with pink head. The head settles quickly leaving no lacing behind. The clarity is nearly perfect.

Aroma is sour and tart - a good indication of what's to come. Cherries come through here but there is also a red wine character to it.

Whoa. The first sip is enough to make me stop, blink a few times, and do a double-take. This is one intense beer! It starts of with sweet cherries but quickly turns very tart, sour, and bitter. The lactic definately plays a defining role in the flavor profile of this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with lower than expected carbonation.

Overall a totally unique and very interesting beer. It's certainly worth seeking out if you're into lambics and sours.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL paper-wrapped green glass pry-top champagne bottle. Bottled 04/2008.

Appearance: Pours a murky burgundy reddish pink, like raw tuna color. Thin off-white head.

Nose: Sour black cherries and toasted wood notes, lots of funkiness, and red wine vinegar.

Palate: Acidity is bracing right from the get go, grabbing the tip of the tongue like sparkling wine and thrashing cherries all over the place. Crisp and clean towards the mid-palate as the sweetness catches up and rounds things out. Finish is focused on dried berries and "fruit-leather." The acidity gives way to a balanced finish.

Notes: Not the most complex sour beer, but definitely one of my favorite to drink. Very pleasurable and not overly acidic. Love it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2008, I grabbed this at State Line a couple of weeks back.

Pouring a mildly hazy brilliant pink in color, the cherries have so taken over the beer that even the head is pinkish! Retention is decent, and as expected, there isn't much lacing. The nose is quite a wonderful expression of the cherries. Aggressively fruity with a sharp sourness and a strong cherry pit character, this really brings to mind black cherries. The base sour is pretty strong too, with a rather strong lemony and mildlyT acetic character. A touch of acetone too, which enhances the cherries, despite my typical dislike for that characteristic.

The palate opens with a big, clean, lemony and lactic sourness with quite a bit of cherry character. Big, tart, fruity and mildly sweet, the cherries are wonderfully expressed. Much to this beers' disadvantage, I've had the 01 and 07 Lou Pepe Kriek and the 08 Schaerbeekse Kriek multiple times in the past month, and it doesn't really stand up to those giants, but it's still an excellent beer. Funk is low, there's some oak character, just a little vanilla. A little vinegar appears towards the finish, rather balsalmic like, but when coupled with the cherries, it's more like a light fruit vinaigrette.Drying on the finish with a moderate to high acidic character that's a blend mostly of lactic and lemon with a little acetic, this one does attack the enamel. There's a lingering cherry character on the finish, dry and with plenty of skin tannins and a touch of acetone. Light in body with medium-high carbonation, this beer feels great on the palate. The alcohol is well hidden, though I wish they could drop it to a more manageable 5% to allow for true sessioning and complete destruction of the stomach lining.

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Photo of BeerSingh
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful 750 ml bottle procured from Spencers for Rs 870 (approx USD 20) - wrapped in parchment. I decided to have it today and share it with my lady (remembering she liked the Lindeman's Kriek). Cracked open the crown and pried the cork out - the beer turned out to be a gusher, as expected. Lost about 1/2 oz in spillage. Poured it into 2 small tulips (9 oz) and had about a tulip full left in the bottle. The beer poured a cranberry juice red with a pink head, not thick and not long lasting - shortly settled into a coin sized collar on the amazingly red body, rather "shamelessly" red body.
The aroma was very fruity and sour, with a little bit of lactic acidity. It was backed by a nice and warm sweetish maltiness, but that was faint in comparison to the tartness.
The taste accentuated the smell 360 degrees. Sour cherries with a fruity sweetness, then came in a faint, but steady malt sweetness. Like the smell, there was a quaint lactic sourness prevelant in the taste. It was not "ass puckering" but for the untrained or unexpectant palate, it could be a big deal. This was clearly a paradigm shift for me in beerdom. If this was a gateway to sours, I was more than ready. I guess it has something to do the way Indian palates are conditioned. I kept wanting more and more. The beer did not leave any noticeable lacing, just freckles of yeast on the glass sides.
The beer is light bodied and moderately carbonated, which does suit the style. I would love to open an evening with this and move on to a more malty OR hoppy beer eventually, but yes, I would definitely recommend this as an excellent aperitif.
I am already on my second tulip and my lady is still only half way through her first. This is a world class beer, a genre in its own. Sours - here I am and here I come.

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Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.22 out of 5 based on 484 ratings.
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